Chinese Years & Their Meaning

rat sign

Year of the Rat
Rats are said to be imaginative, charming and very generous to those they love - although they do have a tendency to be quick-tempered and over-critical. They should make good writers, critics and publicists

ox sign

Year of the Ox
Oxen are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. They are patient and even tempered although often totally lacking in tenderness, and can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers.

tiger sign

Year of the Tiger
Tigers are bold and adventurous, and are bestowed with initiative and charm. However, they have a tendency to be risk takers, making them act before they think about the consequences. They make good bosses, explorers or racing drivers.

rabbit sign

Year of the Hare
Hares (also known as rabbits) are affectionate, co-operative and pleasant, with lots of friends. But they can get too sentimental and seem superficial. Ideal careers areas include law, diplomacy or the stage.

dragon sign

Year of the Dragon
Dragons tend to be popular individuals who are always full of life and enthusiasm, with a reputation for being fun-loving. They make good priests, artists and politicians.

snake sign

Year of the Snake
They are romantic and deep-thinking, wise and charming, although they tend to dismiss others too quickly and are a bit stingy with money. Ideal jobs include teaching or psychiatry.

horse sign

Year of the Horse
They are amazingly hard working and very independent. Although they are intelligent and friendly, they can sometimes be a bit selfish. Careerwise they make good scientists or poets.

ram sign

Year of the Ram
They are charming, elegant and artistic, who like material comforts. A bit of a worrier they also have a tendency to complain about things. Jobs as actors, gardeners or beachcombers would suit.
These are known as goats in some sources.

monkey sign

Year of the Monkey
They are very intelligent, well-liked by everyone, although can be obstinate and quick tempered. They love to be flattered. They will have success in any field they choose.

rooster sign

Year of the Rooster
These are hard-working and definite about their decisions. Roosters are not afraid to speak their minds and can therefore sometimes come across as boastful. They make good restaurant owners and world travellers.

dog sign

Year of the Dog
Dogs are honest and faithful to those they love but they tend to worry too much and find fault with others. They make ideal secret agents or business people.

boar sign

Year of the Boar
They are honest and tolerant and make good friends, but tend to expect the same from everyone else, and more often than not they end up disappointed. They thrive in the arts as entertainers.


A lot of this information is contained in this book- Chinese Horoscopes by Kristyna Arcati

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